This is an attempt to assert my view of what it means to be a good human. These principles must be laid down before any suggestions as to what changes our global society needs to make can be put forth. This section contains the most basic ideals that all else must be built upon. I hope that they are the most fundamental and therefore the easiest to agree upon. These are the foundations of the movement.
We need massive change in the world, and though we can’t always agree on solutions to the problems to be made, I hope we may be able to agree on simplistic values such as nonviolence and not wishing to do others harm. I know that not everyone will agree on these, but I wish that a majority will. I desire people to read these first before reading any further suggested changes to our global society. I think that by starting here, people will have a better understanding of where I am coming from in the sections that follow. Actions may speak louder than words, but motives mean much more, unfortunately they are often silent.
I would like to have studied more, and be able to cite more sources, because I know I have little authority as an unknown person to nearly 100% of the world. However, I’ve reached a breaking point. These thoughts have been pressing to get out for a while, but I have been unsure about how to express them. I’ve spent entirely too much time wastefully, for that I am sorry. I’ve been extremely lucky to have had the time to contemplate on what I could do to change the world as an individual, and I’m not sure if this is the right way, but this is the way I feel compelled to do so. I want to create global change because I think we sorely need it, and I want to express my thoughts to the world because I don’t want anyone to spend as much time as I have contemplating how to get the ball rolling.
I’ve been anxious for a long time. The world is upset and I don’t like it, and I’m pretty sure no one else does either. I’m often unhappy because I see so much pain in the world and feel an inability to help. I want to help, I want to do something to improve the world, to give back more than I’ve taken up. I try to be a good person when I can. I think I’ve been getting better at it. But I can only impact a few people at a time. It doesn’t seem to change too much in the grander scheme of things. That, however, is just not enough because we are at a literal worldwide existential crisis, and it keeps growing worse. I’m pretty sure the world isn’t more evil now than it has been in the past, I just think that it’s more visible. I think everyone knows that things need to change but no one is quite sure what to do.
In my opinion, to be able to create mass change, there needs to be a concerted group effort. And to have such a group effort, the members need to have a common understanding of the world. I know it may seem trivial, but I think the first place to start is to consider what the meaning of life is. I’m not sure if we will ever know, but the purpose of life is quite clear, it is to continue. For a long time that meant continuing life on Earth, but as intelligent lifeforms, we have the ability to colonize other planets. Therefore it is our duty to get off of Earth and spread life throughout the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and perhaps the Universe. Though we must acknowledge that we may not be able to reach all parts of the Universe unless we figure out how to move faster than the speed of light.
As individuals, our purpose is to reproduce, but at this point in time, it is also to ensure our species does, and that life in general does. That being said, it’s worth considering whether or not life should exist. I know I have valued my existence, but if life is inherently evil, should we try to end it? Based on our current understanding of how life on Earth evolved, and how many planets there are in the Universe, life almost certainly does or will exist elsewhere. So if life shouldn’t exist, and if we should end it here, shouldn’t we also end it everywhere? I don’t think we have enough information to come to the conclusion of whether or not it should, and I think we should seek to continue it until we do.
If we should exist, if life should exist and continues to, life will eventually end when the Universe does, if it does. Currently we think the Universe arose from the Big Bang, an infinitesimally small point from which all matter and energy expanded. We think it will end in two main possibilities, it will expand and reach a largest extent then contract or it will expand, perhaps reaching a largest extent or perhaps continue indefinitely, but will not contract. In the former case, life would end as the Universe contracted, and in the latter case matter and energy would spread so widely that life would eventually have no ability to sustain itself. Consequently, it seems as life’s only purpose is to live long enough to see its demise. One can then wonder whether or not it is worth the effort to reach that point.
There is, however, a possibility that we live in a multiverse, with the Universe just being one of an infinite number of universes. If we could figure out how to transverse universes, we could keep moving and never die. Or we could create a synthetic computer simulated universe to upload our consciousnesses to and set time so slowly within it that life effectively never ends. Or we could learn how to time travel and keep going backwards in time once we reached the end. To me it seems that we should seek to continue life until we can determine what the possibilities are for our future, then make a decision of what to do. To get to that point we must avoid killing ourselves first.
If life will eventually end, then should we bring children into this world knowing they too will die? Well part of what it means for many people to live a complete life is to have kids. We enjoy food and other pleasures in life, reproduction is but one of many. So do we have a right to tell others whether they can or cannot enjoy such a privilege? I think not, but that hinges on whether humans should determine whether or not other humans should be able to enjoy the life they desire.
I think we should accept that it is more trouble than it is worth trying to compel humans to live in ways they wish not to. The only times we should intervene is to mediate disputes where two people cannot both live the way they wish to without preventing the other from living their way. Those people involved then need to come together and create a solution that is agreeable to both parties. I know this is easier said than done, and that it also seems like common sense, but I’m just trying to be comprehensive.
We can’t have overarching laws that can be applied to every situation. We must put responsibility into the hands of our populace. We have to expect the most of our citizens and part of that means teaching them to be good humans and teaching them how to do what is right. We know it can be done, all that remains is the doing. Let’s start doing.